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on a second before you go all cheech and chong on us. you can smoke pot legally in washington state, but still illegal to buy marijuana or sell it or grow it. that's interesting. >>> a legal haze is drifting over washington state's pot smokers as joe johns reports. no one knows how the feds are going to react. >> reporter: there was euphoria the moment pot became legal in washington state. 3,000 miles away in washington, d.c., the justice department and the white house are reviewing how the federal government should respond. at the moment, they're sticking to this statement from the u.s. attorney in seattle, washington, who would prosecute violations there. regardless of the state law, growing, selling or processing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. the department's responsibility to enforce the controlled substances act remains unchanged. but several former doj officials who spoke to cnn said that likely won't be the end of it. former attorney general under president george w. bush alberto gonzales laid out the options facing eric holder and the justice department. op
to stop. >> in washington, i'm stacy cohan. >> uncertainty over the fiscal cliff is having a ripple effect from washington to wall street. u.s. stocks ended the session on friday in the red for the fifth straight day. a triple digit loss for the dow which tumbled 158 points, the nasdaq lost almost 26 points. the s&p 500 shed almost 16 points. and the gridlock in washington could help the current congress make history as the most unproductive ever. it's amazing. a review by the huffington post shows 219 bills have been passed this session, that's compared to 383 bills passed by the previous congress, and 460 by the group before that. now, to avoid the distinction, congress needs to submit about 100 bills to president obama over the next few days. something tells me they're not going to be able to do that. but there is one thing the senate has been able to agree on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote, the chamber passed the measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process has to start all over aga
is in hawaii. let's go straight to cnn's emily schmidt in washington. good morning. so before he left the capitoal, he laid out this three-point plan to washington. >> before he left to hawaii, he left for a gift for lawmakers to ponder in washington. here are the three main points he's saying. he wants to make sure there's a law passed that ensures 98% of americans know their taxes are not going to go up in just under two weeks. he also wants to make sure that 2 million americans who would otherwise lose their unemployment benefits if we went over the fiscal cliff would be able to keep those benefits. and finally he says, look, we can take a look at the longer term proposals, the larger reform at a later point. just lay the ground work at this point. we also know before the president left, he talked by phone with house speaker john boehner. he met in person with harry reid, although what the private happened, we don't know. but publicly things sound a lot like they have for the past few weeks. take a listen. >> every member of congress believes that, every democrat, every republican.
? >> at the washington poison center in seattle. >> just drowsy, okay. >> and lately, more and more of them sound something like this. >> and today, i took about 90 milligrams of percocet. >> oh you did? >> 6:00, i wasn't really thinking and i did a bar of xanax and i'm reading all this stuff online how that is a very lethal combination. i have a lot of friends who died in their sleep and i just wasn't really thinking. now i'm wondering if i should stay up tonight. >> that kind of call to me is really scary. >> oh, it is scary. >> what goes through your mind? >> so, i would be very frightened about that young man not making it through the night. >> dr. bill hurley is the medical director of the poison center. he is also a trauma doctor. >> possibly too many of his meds. >> they are not sure what all they've got. >> we are here in seattle, in part, because the problem is bad. >> this bottle still has quite a bit in it. >> but also because, as you will see, there are real solutions. >> no other meds? >> for hurley, it started five years ago. >> he's got pinpoint pupils. >> he started noticing overd
that is the debate that is going to rage, especially after that nra presser today in washington. but for this town, for this moment, for this day, it is not about that. it is very important, but it is about the people and the victims and remembering them and commemorating them in beautiful ways just like this one, brooke. >> absolutely, poppy harlow, thank you so much for us in newtown. wasn't thrill a presser the nra gave, a statement, no questions answered afterward. the nra also held a moment of silence at 9:30 this morning today for the 20 children and the 6 adults slaughtered last friday in newtown schoolhouse. but hours later, the nra spelled out its own plan to prevent similar massacres in the future. the message from wayne lapierre, put guns in every school now. >> and does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school, he's already identified at this very moment? how many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame? the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediatel
, washington, d.c. good for you. uh, churches, $1,600. here's sarah. sites corresponding to the tenth through final stations of the cross are within the church of the holy this-- another word for a tomb. it's been called christianity's most hallowed ground. what is sepulchre? churches, $2,000. what is the hagia sophia? let's go times past for $1,200, please. what are chariots? uh, times past, uh, $1,600. and you still have the lead. all right, um, i'll risk $2,000. $2,000 it is. here is the clue... uh, what is paris? no. the congress of vienna, the congress of vienna, after the defeat of napoléon. you are just off the lead now. you trail boomie by $400. go again. uh, times past, $2,000. what is wessex? you're in the lead again. uh, times past, $800. and that province would be que beth. uh, times past, $400. bec. beth. who is mao? fabrics for $800, please. what is burlap? fabrics ,200. what is crepe? fabrics for $2,000. what are the hebrides? fabric, $1,600. whatyon? you picked the right one, and now the last clue... what is the bark? and that puts you into a tie with beth for the lead. silas
there in washington as we wait for the white puff of smoke to come out of the white house, eamon. >> reporter: kind of what feels like here, bill. a lot of energy at the white house, a lot of curiosity surrounding this meeting. what you can't see from here and what i can't show you, unfortunately, is just about 50 yards from here is where you saw speaker boehner walking into the building, and we've got a whole cadre of white house still press photographers up on ladders peering over the hedge trying to get a picture of the leaders as they walk in and just to the left of that crowd is another crowd of reporters all gathered around the stakeout cameras. that's where the leaders could come out and talk to microphones if they wanted to say anything after this meeting. there's a lot of anticipation of whether they will say anything after this meeting, and it's widely seen that this would be a good sign for negotiations if they do come out and talk. a lot of previous white house meetings, they have not come out to say anything afterwards, so all those folks waiting over there might be waiting in vain her
reporter has the latest from washington. >> the clock is ticking. negotiations are on going. at this point democrats and republicans remain at odds. >> regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do thought go up that would hurt our economy badly. we can get that done. >> president obama called for immediate action, but there was that vote in the senate tonight. >> we are going to come in at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, and we will have further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning. i certainly hope so. >> mitch mcconnell frustrated with the lack of progress called vice president biden in for help. biden is now said to be playing a direct role. >> there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. the sticking point appears to be a willingness or interest or want to close the deal. >> drastic spending cuts will go into affect and taxes go up for everyone. the tax impact for the average american family is more than $3400. senate leaders continue to work on the stop gap bill. the sticking points rema
beyond the schoolhouse door. miguel? >> a tough question in washington but what can only be described by a rant on friday by wayne lapierre what is your sense of it? the tone of it the fact he blamed anybody but didn't see any role for the nra to really play in this, how did that play, you think, in washington? >> reporter: well, the media machine that he referenced, i think you can well imagine, a good deal of the press corps found themselves perhaps scratching their head about that one. some people, of course, do support the nra and mr. lapierre. i think the real question, as you say, is one now of political muscle. will those who want to see more gun laws enacted have the political muscle now to get the votes for some new legislation, either on banning weapon sales or banning the high-powered magazines or will the nra be able, even after all of this and the growing sentiment by all accounts across the country, will they still have the political muscle that they have had for so many years to push back against any new legislation? >> very interesting. thank you very much, barbara sta
on with washington? we are so close now this deadline. you can't -- probably hard to put into words how frustrated people are are a lot of talking going on and you can't come together with republicans and they can't come together with you to stop taxes from going up for all americans. >> well, the american people in their wisdom sent a divided government to washington. off group of people in the house of representatives that basically slapped around their own leader and said we won't even consider a tax increase for millionaires, multimillionaires, billionaires. meanwhile, you have got the majority of the senators elected in this body saying we can do more at the top end. those of us who have a lot can get more revenue to address this crisis so you have got this stalemate that was created by two very different groups of people, all elected by the american people. >> now, walking out, i spoke to several of your colleagues, democratic senators who said they were not optimistic, really looking pretty glum. what camp are you in after what you just heard? do you think -- i mean, as you said, the clock
. >>> and we're live in washington watching last-minute negotiations for the fiscal cliff -- at noon. >>> it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight but is not done. >> a little more than an hour ago, the president said he's optimistic that the u.s. economy will not go over the fiscal cliff. that's one of the top stories this noontime. good afternoon. i'm david stevenson. >>> we begin with developing news at this hour. san jose police are investigating the city's 46th homicide of the year. it happened at an apartment complex on lewis road off monterey highway and janine de la vega joins us from the scene. janine, we understand police may no who may be responsible -- may know who may be responsible. >> reporter: that's right. they have two adult males detained and they are questioning them and treating them as persons of interests. homicide detectives are here at the sulker breeze apartments. all of the activities seem to be centered around a parking garage. just before 9:30 this morning, they received a 911 call that a man with a gun was at the -
that this is a conversation that he has to have not just with washington but the rest of the country. bringing in business leaders, small business leaders, going out across the country. one reason i think why this time it's going to be different from the failures of the past, the debt krilg debacle, the failure of the super committee, is i think the american people and particularly the american business community, realize what's at stake, and i think an awful lot of us, frankly, in both parties who are willing to get there -- i want to commend kelli as well. there's been a big group of us, well in excess of the majority in the senate who say we're willing to do our part. we want to give the speaker and the president room to get the framework, but we'll help fill in the details as we go forward. >> senator ayotte, there's not much time left here, and it does seem like an inordinate amount of time, almost a month has passed, and we have a description of stalemate and way far apart. >> candy, i see that as swre disappointing, a big problem. that's why i didn't like seeing that essentially it was a rerun of h
and dealing being done in washington. good morning, lisa. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. well, the next 24 hours are critical. the president this morning in his radio address, told lawmakers don't let washington politics get in the way of american progress. so, the last-ditch attempt is on the way to put together a deal. and the ball is in the senate's court. there's nothing like a deadline to force action. the president met with congressional leaders friday for the first time in six weeks. then, proclaimed himself modestly optimistic. but warned -- >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> reporter: with the clock running out, here's the game plan. the democratic and republican leaders in the senate will spend day trying to hash out a bipartisan agreement. >> i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> reporter: but if there is no deal, the president wants an up or down vote on measures he thinks can pass. extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less. and continuing unemployment benefits for the millions who will lose them when the new y
from washington. members only. membership has its privileges. we're 26 days away from going over the fis calf cliff and these are members of the house of representatives walking out. they're going home. no session tomorrow, long weekend. they need a rest. i hope someone can explain this to me. >>> the bears taking a big bite out of apple computer today. the stock getting hammered. has apple lost its mojo or does the company still have room to run? >>> and city, the big slash. knife coming down on 1,000 jobs. the cfo is set to speak about the shake-up right now and we will have the very latest on this very widely held stock which has been moving higher tod today. >>> we have a rally on our hands despite some downward pressure in apple. two of the biggest names in the most widely held stocks around, citi and apple topping the news this hour. headlines aren't good. apple right now is down about 4%. back in bear market territory, down 22% from their historic intraday high of $705 set back in september. right now shares are trading at $551.33. bob pisani joins me on the floor of the n
programs in return. tahman bradley joins us from washington with more. >> reporter: sunny and john, good morning. with time running out, president obama and speaker boehner are negotiating directly. congress needs a bill soon. president obama is back on the road today, peddling his plan to avoid the so called fis kalg cliff. in washington, republicans and democrats remain far from a deal. sunday, small sign of hope. mr. obama and john boehner meet together. a source said, i would be a little enjournlged. not greatly, but a little. republicans may be ready to compromise on tax hikes for the rich. >> there's a growing group of folks looking at this and saying, we don't have a lot of cards in regards to the tax issue. >> reporter: some are open to more tax revenues. the two parties seem to be closer on entitlement, with one leading democrats saying he's open to means testing for medicare. >> i do believe there should be means testing. those of us with higher income and retirement should may more. >> reporter: if washington can't reach an agreement, every american will see a tax hike. >> the
reporter danielle nottingham reports from washington. >> reporter: the national rifle association faced the media for the first time since the deadly school shooting in connecticut. >> now we must speak for the safety of our nation's children. >> reporter: soon after nra's ceo wayne lapierre started speaking, a protestor held up a sign. after the demonstrator was removed, lapierre said gun control is not the answer. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: the nra is addressing the media here in washington under pressure to soften its stance on gun control. members of the public and the president are pushing for new restrictions on gun sales of a gun control petition on the white house website has received more than 400,000 signatures. >> we hear you. >> reporter: the president acknowledged the outpouring of support and he once again called on congress to pass new legislation. >> there's even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children we have a responsibility to try. >> reporter: the president has asked the nra to join a broa
: they will meet again i the tension is growing here in washington after the weekend talks failed to lead to a deal, if there is no breakthrough today, the country will go over the cliff. talks continue, this morning still no deal. >> further announcements perhaps at 11:00 in the morning, i hope so. >> reporter: republicans and democrats negotiated all weekend with the hope of passing legislation that would protect most from a massive tax hike set to kick in tonight midnight. >> the president: our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle class families do not go up. >> reporter: there was optimism about a deal over the weekend when the republican leader in the senate, mcconnell made offer that ended when majority leader harry reid said he could not present a counter proposal. mcconnell called for help. >> i placed a call to the vice president to see if he could jumpstart the negotiations on his side. i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner it >> reporter: white house officials say vice president biden is now playing a direct role in the talks
for a solution in washington d.c.. to businesses sunday. the dollar closedesses down 18. we had a big drop right now down 94. the dow just over the $13 mark. >> if amazon as announce this year's holiday sales of the biggest ever. >> if consumers purchased 306 items for second on their peak day this season. >> amazon says customers order 26 and a half million items on cyber monday. >> that is a new record for the online retailer. amazons set another record on christmas day for digital download. the candkindle continues to dominate the websites bestsellers. with the kindle fire a stab the leading the way. >> a new study finds have all americans are still holding on to their land lines. the centers for disease control says of the more than 20,000 households interviewed in the first half of 2012. >> off just over half used wireless phones for nearly all fall cause. >> that is less than a 2 percent increase compared to the same time last year. what a small increase? pepper while you're before adopting wireless calls, old folks to hang on to their land lines. >> only a quarter of those ages 45 to 64 w
-on-one and no one is objecting. paul steinhauser is live from washington. paul, you got some new polling for us. what do americans want to see in a deal? >> it's interesting what they want to see and what they don't want to see. one of the biggest sticking points between democrats and republicans over averting the fiscal cliff is raising taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. look at this from quinnipiac university, the question was asked are you okay with that? 65% say they support such a move to avert the fiscal cliff. this is the third poll over the last two weeks to show the same thing, that most americans are okay with raising those taxes on incomes over $250,000 a year. go to the next screen, there's a partisan divide here. this explains why most republicans are dead set against this. democrats are fine with that move. independents as well. but only a minority of republicans are okay with raising taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. what don't republicans like? they are fine with cutting spending, but they don't want entitlements touched. are you okay with raising the eligibil
lawsuits. >> joey, thank you so much. >> on the case here. >> pleasure, brooke. >> now to washington and wolf blitzer and "the situation room." wolf. >> >>> brooke, thanks very much. happening now, we're hearing from members of a virginia family that play host to a very unusual house guest today, the president of the united states. a hero of the tea party movement shocks washington by announcing he's about to leave the united states senate. senator jim demint joins us live this hour. we'll talk about his decision and new job. and syria's civil war is in a very dangerous perhaps decisive tipping point right now. can the world prevent bashar al assad from using chemical weapons against his own people? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with president obama taking his battle to extend tax cuts for the middle class into the heart of the middle class suburb today. he visited a family just outside washington, d.c., using their story to dramatize what will happen in just 26 days if he and congress can't make a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff. a source of great
of an accident at washington street, -- i'll update that at our next trip, mass transit, muni everybody on a regular schedule and on time. >>>Ñ5bx commuters in sonoma couy could use a break from the rain right now flood waters are still impassable on highways 12 and 121. terry mcsweeney is live at the intersection. >> reporter: the best i've got right now is sometime today. what happens is when there's a heavy down tour as there was yesterday and a high tide, this -- this road closes not unusual they wish it was an unusual occurrence as you can see road closed, flooded. pictures of what it looked like last night. they've been trying to fix the problem here for quite sometime, obviously, no success. yesterday, it want hard to find rain-related problems, american canyon water piled up on highway 12 red top road all this going on, on christmas day the traffic was light yesterday, richmond on mcdonald avenue they had back-up there also in berkeley a lot of places down pours and one person we talked to says he's about ready to have it wrap up. >> i'm from the bay area so i'm couldn't of use
. >> still has a game left. could break 2,000. in the leaves bowl. boise state and washington. boise with trickery. washington cuts into the lead with sankey. ran for 209 yards. huskies down one at the half. uw led with 1.22 left but mess seen -- mess seen -- mcino, game winning field goal. >> um later, the 49ers-chicago preview. >> ama: still to come at 11:00, wheel of fort tune controversy. a slip of the tongue cost a woman $4,000. >> money-saving tips for last minute shoppers with michael finney. we'l >> ama: good evening, i'm ama daetz in tonight's headlines we're keeping track of the happen storm, and a canopy at a gas station fell. nobody was hurt. in the oakland hills a tree fell and took powerlines with it. 1500 people were without electricity for an hour. >> there are just a few hours left to finish your holiday shopping. many stores are offering deep discounts and others are staying open longer. one poll says two-thirds of shoppers have not finished getting their holiday gifts. in many instances it's a battle just to find a spot in the parking lot. >> the country is nine da
reached to avert sought called fiscal cliff, he would be coming back to washington after christmas. >> so where did that leave things terms of the fiscal cliff? here's l jonathan karl. >> congress not a creature is stirring. no deal is in sight. with deadline looming and seemingly no hope anywhere, the president made one last appeal tonight before washington goes on vacation. >> as we leave town for a few days to be with our families, through the holidays, everybody can cool off. everybody can tl drink some egg nog. now is not the time for more self inflicted wounds. certainly not those coming from washington. >>reporter: but the 2 sides don't even seem to be trying any more. what are we going to do now. >> i'm interested in solving the major problems that face our country. and that means house leaders senate leaders and the president are going to continue to have to work together to address those concerns. >>reporter: speaker boehner says the only way out is a deal that cuts spending and reforms the tax code but even he seemed to suggest that is virtually impossible now. >> how w
could do well over the next few months, even if the two sides in washington can't rise above politics and come up with a reasonable budget that has both spending cuts and tax increases and seems to be the case right now after the president's discouraging press conference, which suggested that no deal's imminent. and the white house is quietly saying talks have regressed. what about our failure to revisit what didn't happen, what didn't go wrong and the impact on the market? well, let's start with today's incredible news about general motors buying $5.5 billion worth of stock from the u.s. government's t.a.r.p. program. and it was at a price $2 above where gm traded yesterday. that's right. we, the people, got a better deal than we could've ever hoped for just the day before. gm most likely would have been liquidated, putting more than 1 million people out of work. if the federal government hadn't bailed it out. nobody likes a bailout. people don't like to use the phrase bailout and the government isn't going to be made whole in this investment. i'm saying that point-blank. that's beca
stocking. higher taxes, lawmakers and president obama have left washington for christmas with no deal on tax hikes and spending cuts set to go in effect after the first of the year. brianna keilar is live in hawaii where the president is spending the christmas holiday. brianna, the president maybe a little too optimistic that a deal can be reached? aloha, by the way. >> he did say last night that he is a hopeless optimist that something can get done, but what we know, it's not going to be that big package, obviously of deficit reduction as well as dealing with these tax hikes that are set to kick in. that's not what's going to be happening, instead, he's pressing for something smaller just to a deal with stopping those tax hikes from kicking in for americans making $250,000 per year or less. and also trying to make sure that unemployment benefits are extended. listen to what president obama said last night and also listen to what some of the house republican resistance from speaker boehner to his sort of short-term plan here. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to
and still no deal out of washington. still stocks quietly climb higher. the dow closing today at a one-month high. what gives? just an assumption that a deal -- >> it almost gets back to that you never short. we're all waiting for some type of closure on the fiscal cliff. so everyone's afraid to take that stab in the dark and say, you know what? things look terrible. no matter how they paint the picture, things look slower in the next couple of quarters than they do right now. am i right? >> yeah. >> so global growth, you have everything coming in, global growth is going to be terrible. growth here around 2%, 2.5%. so people want to short the market, they're just so afraid to because every time they short it, it bounces right back. >> and it seems now with headlines, the markets don't seem to react. we had tim geithner yesterday saying, absolutely, we're willing to go over the fiscal cliff no reaction from the markets today. >> there's going to be a compromise. and they're afraid to get caught short. even if it's a short-term sort of thing. to me, in a lot of ways, if you're looking at
to doing something about the spending problem in washington and the mounting debt that has resulted. we stand ready to continue to dialogue with this president to actually faced the problem. i hope that you see that our colleagues on the other side of the capital can and do likewise and get serious to try to address the real problem of spending so we can get on to the business of growing this economy and getting people back to work. that of mr. speaker? >> a lot of remarks that you made in favor of the bill from last night would only keep a fraction of tax payers from the tax increase and also the president's proposal. >> the president and i had plenty of conversations. i tell the president monday this is my bottom line. the president told meet his numbers of 1.3 trillion dollars in revenue and $850 million in spending cuts was his bottom line and that he could not go any further. we see a situation where because of the political divide in the country and the political divide in washington trying to bridge the differences has been difficult. if it were easy i guarantee you this with bee
washington but it will move south as we go towards sunday. taking a look at futurecast. the spotty showers continuing into 5:00 a.m., spotty showers here, there, keeping your umbrella handy if your and why 1:00, 2:00, it could dry up a little bit but as i look at other computer models they show rainfall. i think that we could continue to see spotty showers for the rainfall but the overnight main event. the tail end and the heavy rainfall through the north bay by 6:00 p.m. and even 10:00 p.m. steady rainfall for four consecutive hours in the north bay. and still, going to the north we will continue to see those showers by 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. with a flood watch in effect for the north san mateo coast, still impacted. 3-7 in. and the higher elevations was to the mountains, favoring the north bay. that is where we could see it fixed occurring from the most and gusting like today. 50-60 m.p.h.. a look at your extended forecast with light rain here, there, keeping your umbrella handy. heavy rainfall in sunday morning and a lingering for the afternoon with a brake on monday but it is returning t
, leaving washington locked in a stalemate, less than a month before every american sees their taxes shoot up. the gridlock has irritated people outside washington, like deborah page of arlington, texas. >> if i was working the way the president and congress was working, i would probably lose my job. >> reporter: page started a petition that would cease paychecks and health benefits for all members of congress and president obama if they can't avoid the fiscal cliff. the petition's chances are slim. but it's a reflection of americans' frustration with 28 days left. rob and paula? >> tahman bradley live in washington today. thank you, tahman. >>> and as talks over the fiscal cliff drag on, a new poll finds that most americans do not think very highly of congress. one in ten americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of its members as very high or high. this puts the law making body, second-lowest on the list of 22 professions. higher only than car sales people. >> how telling is that? >> that's an indictment. >>> and another nasty storm is drenching the west coast, from northern calif
avila, abc news, washington. >> you have to feel for her, too. here's the problem in a nutshell. unlike traditional mortgage. make your payments. equity. a reverse mortgage pays out equity in your home as cash. increases your debt and decreases your equity. that's the problem in a nutshell. that's how the woman got into the situation she did. it sounds good, but like with everything, there is a downside. commercials don't tell you about that. >> h.u.d., discussing two ways to address the problem. unfortunate to see people like that that may not have had all information had it and didn't look at it lose their beloved home. >> gamble with your biggest asset. that's the tough part. we will be back right after this. >> announcer: "world news now" >>> well, there are very few people in music that truly can be called living legend. if anybody embodies that title it has got to be loretta lynn. >> from a coal miner's daughter in butcher holler, kentucky to superstar at age 80. believe it or not she is on tour yet again. here is abc's sharyn alfonsi. ♪ ♪ if that ain't love tell me what isn't
of progress in washington towards a fix for the fiscal cliff. the only hopeful sign is that republicans and democrats are talking privately again. but they haven't worked out any of the big issues, including what to do about the nation's debt limit. washington will hit its borrowing limit early next year, darren gersh has the latest. >> reporter: sitting around the kitchen table with a middle class family in virginia, the president once again pressed for congress to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> if this family has a couple of thousand dollars less to spend, that translates into $200 billion of less consumer spending next year. and that's bad for businesses, large and small. >> reporter: behind the scenes, the two sides are talking again. but there was no progress in public. senators today fought over the debt limit, and ended up deadlocked over a bill to allow the president to automatically increase borrowing. >> he's shown what he is really after is unprecedented powers to spend taxpayer dollars without any limit at all. >> reporter: if the debt limit isn't raised, the country can't pay f
joins us, now live, from washington with more on this surprise move. hi, tahman. >> reporter: hello. good morning to you, rob and paula. the president's announcement of his new national security team could come any day now. and with susan rice out of the running, we're getting a clearer picture of the top contenders. president obama's new national security team is taking shape. first, secretary of state. u.n. ambassador, susan rice, who has been at the center of controversy over the obama administration's handling of the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya, pulled her name out of contention. telling nbc, she doesn't want to be a distraction. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive. >> reporter: with rice no longer in the running, senator john kerry of massachusetts seems the president's likely pick. >> i have no comments on the process. >> reporter: next, secretary of defense. senator kerry's name was floated for the job. but senator chuck hagel, a vietnam veteran and a republican, who became a
the storm zone. >>> and switching gears, now. we have shocking developments from washington overnight. that so-called plan "b," to avoid the fiscal cliff has failed. and president obama is delaying his vacation to hawaii because of the ongoing stalemate. nick ratner has the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: in a stunning surprise, splits within house republican ranks forced speaker john boehner to cancel a planned vote on his tax cut bill. >> the house will call of the chair. >> reporter: in a statement, speaker boehner said his plan "b" tax bill did not have sufficient support to pass. the speaker said, it's now up to the president to avert the fiscal cliff. boehner, earlier, had said he hoped to revive stalled white house negotiations. >> the president and i are going to have to work together to solve those challenges. >> reporter: many house republicans told party leaders they would not support a bill that violated their no tax hike pledge to raise tax rate, even on millionaires. senators have been told to plan on being back in washington two days after christmas, in an effort
. >> sorry, mom. meredith: it works, no matter what. a senior analyst from washington, d.c. brought along your friend kim in the audience. nice to see you, kim, as well. all right, jangela. however you got the name, you wear it very well. let's see the money in your round one. and there's all that money. now, computer, please randomize the money. and that's all hidden. here are the categories to your questions, and, computer, please randomize the questions. and now let's see where your double money is. ooh, it's the fourth question up. very close. that could be worth as much as $50,000 if there's 25,000 behind it. now that everything is all shuffled, are you ready, jangela? >> it's so surreal. yes, i'm ready. meredith: it is surreal. folks, are you ready? [cheers and applause] then let's play "millionaire." [fanfare plays] all right, first question. "heteropaternal superfecundation" is the technical term to describe twins who have what? same eye color, different fathers, mirror image traits, different genders.o say diff >> hmm. i want to say different fathers. i'm gonna go with b-- differ
. nature in washington state. as a freight train goes up against a mudslide. your forecast...with rainfall.. ... >>pam: now for a look at our top stories at eight-thirty. a gunman opens fire on a south bay freeway. this was the scene from sky-7 h-d, abc-7 news. police briefly shut the road down, as they searched for evidence this afternoon. the car of a military recruiter was hit four times -- he was *not injured. no word on any arrests. >> the debate over gun control - reaching a tipping point, following a deadly elementary school shooting. today - president barrack obama promised "meaningful action". we now know vice president joe biden will lead a task force that will present a set of gun control recommendations to the president. in newtown connecticut - >> more victims of the school massacre laid to rest. this is video from a vigil, held in a neighboring town today. 27 people were killed in the elementary school shooting -- including the gunman last week. 20 of the those murdered were children. police tonight still searching for a possible motive in the tragedy. >> new tonight, the ci
in washington, surrounding possible new additions the president may want to make to his cabinet. there could be a surprise announcement in the works. >>> the clock is still ticking before we go over that fiscal cliff just days away. >>> also this morning, swimming for his life. a man's frightening story of survivsu surviv survival, after being attacked by a shark. >> he was womswimming with an e nurse. >>> smiling and stunned. they are holding the tickets in the powerball jackpot. but there's a mystery. who has the other ticket? >> everyone wants to know that one. >>> and we'll hear from the secret santa who has been handing out $100 bills to victims from hurricane sandy. >> some of the people watching the story behind the scenes here, they have been crying. so, that story is coming up. >>> we're going to start with the mess in the west. the third in a nasty hat trick of storms bearing down tonight. and meteorologist, ginger zee, covering the whole thing. as we wait for the blizzard, this will hold you over, right? >> this will hold me over. this is not great for folks out west. a supersoake
of the building, and were lying on the floor. >>pam: same-sex couples line up in washington state. to apply for marriage licenses. that's because, as of 12:01 this morning, same-sex marriage became legal in the state. more than 200 couples were lined up at the county courthouse in seattle. a couple that had been together for 35-years, were first in line. >> "to be number one is really humbling, you know, because i think of all the people who have worked very hard and looked forward to this day. and to be here, i hope they realize, we're just a symbol and all of them are right behind us." >>pam: it will be three more days until they are technically married in the eyes of the state. that's because washington waiting period, before marriage licenses are valid. supporters of same-sex marriage say. today is an important day for their cause. >>pam: local reservoirs have seen a much needed increase in water levels since the bay area got drenched with rain. this is what the uvas reservoir in the foothills of the santa cruz mountains looked like just last week. at 13-percent capacity. kron 4's aleci
politics closely, it looks like the usual gam gamesmanship out of washington. >> i think it's -- i think the odds are about $5050 right now. very high for a negative outcome. there is a very good chance they go over the cliff at least for a few days at the beginning of the year. that galvanizes everything and they're finally able to come to a deal. >> especially when you see the economy just recovering >> that's the thing. the question would be, how much harm will this do to the economy? i should say, once you see that prospect of everyone's taxes going up, i do think that no matter what, by mid-january at the latest, you will see that tax rate reinstated for most americans. >> psychological lit's causing damage. confidence drop as well because of what's going on in washington. george, thank you. >>> today on the show, we got a big show, george has two powerhouse roundtables. later this morning on "this week." >>> time now for a check of the weather with ginger dee. >> most the nation is snow-starved. overnight, we're getting our first big meal of snow that is. sacred heart, minnesota, p
politics closely, it looks like the usual gamesmanship out of washington. in your gut, do you think that this is basically theater and they'll come to a deal quickly? >> i think it's -- i think the odds are about 50/50 right now. which is very high for a negative outcome this far along. there is a very good chance they go over the cliff at least for a few days at the beginning of the year. then, that galvanizes everything and they're finally able to come to a deal. >> bottom line they are playing with fire and we could all get burned. >> no question about it. >> especially when you see the economy just recovering. >> that's the thing. the question would be, how much harm will this do to the economy? if you have all of these spending cuts on every government program, on top of everyone's taxes going up, i should say, once you see that prospect of everyone's taxes going up, i do think that no matter what, by mid-january at the latest, you will see that tax cut reinstated for most americans. for the bottom 98%. good, good chances the taxes are going up on the wealthy. >> psychologicall
'm confusing that with rupert. >> was he meddling in politics? joining us -- here in washington eric well pl who blogs about the media at "the washington post." does he strie to orchestrate politics in a way that is unacceptable. >> i think it shows robert ales can't keep himself out of politics. who can blame him. you know, it's hard, you know, to blame him. the problem is what it does for his news network which is it makes it at least appear, i think, in fact, more than just appearance. in this karks you know, a sheen of reality that he's out there trying to get a better republican feield in the primaries. kt mcfarland said it was a joke, i don't believe it. >> he kind of undermined his own contributor, kt mcfarland saying she was way out of line there's somebody's fantasy to make me a king maker. what's your take on hour serious this was? i think i agree with aerk that it didn't seem like a joke at the time. now, maybe they'd like for it to be thought of as a joke now. i think it's not a surprise to anybody and roger's interest in this area is not a surprise either. i take your point abou
of our own making and washington is searching for little more than an umbrella to protect you from it. thanks for joining the conversation this week on "your money." we're going to stay on the story till it's done. normally we're here every saturday and sunday at 3:00 p.m. eastern. i'm on daily at 3:30 p.m. but until this is done, you're going to see a lot of me. tweet me, my handle i is @alivelshi. is @alivelshi. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> you're in the "cnn newsroom." i'm martin savidge in for fredricka whitfield. in three days, america will go off that fphysical cliff unless these prevent it, in control of whether or not your taxes go up come new year's day. harry reid, minority leader mitch mcconnell, house speaker john boehner and house democratic leader nancy pelosi met at the white house yesterday afternoon with the president and vice president. here's where things stand right now. the senate leaders are meeting aiming to avoid tax hikes. and they may vote on a deal sunday or perhaps on monday. jessica yellin is our chief white house corr
letter to secretary clinton and left washington. she resumed her princeton professorship and life in new jersey with her husband and two teenage sons. in the wake of her departure, slaughter wrote a cover story for "the atlantic magazine" why women still can't have it all. within days, the piece became the most read in "the atlantic's" history. tonight, she takes us behind that personal decision that became a raging public debate. explain the intensity of that kind of job, because it's really much more than what many people think. this is a more intense job than senior jobs in the private sector. >> it's certainly comparable. it's an assistant secretary job, which means you're on pretty much all the time. you're the head of the secretary of state's private think tank. that means you cover the entire world, just as she does. and you're on for everything she needs you to do. and every sort of -- the longer-term planning and you work pretty much round the clock. >> so you're working probably six days a week? >> absolutely. now, i commuted back every weekend because i had to be with my kids
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